arunachal pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is a mysterious and relatively unexplored land of the Eastern Himalayas, with the beautiful Gori Chen range and Kangto peak towering above the unending carpet of pine tree tops. Arising somewhere from the Assam plains along the Tibetan border, it is entirely a hilly state that lies on the mighty Himalayan and Patkoi ranges and is famously referred to as ‘nature’s treasure trove’. It is endowed with rich biological and cultural diversity. It has limitless beautiful landscapes, trekking trails, and water sports that need to be explored. If you are seeking to step into a world of extraordinary beauty and discover experiences found nowhere on earth, Arunachal Pradesh is the place for you.

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Seasons
Monsoon
Summer
winter
Cuisine
Apong
Pork & Rice
Pulao
Languages
Hindi
Assamese
English
Getting There
By Air

The most convenient airports are Guwahati and Dibrugarh. If traveling to Arunachal Pradesh, the nearest is Dibrugarh if you are travelling towards Passighat; Guwahati is closest for Itanagar and Bhalupong. 

By Rail

Naharlagun railway station is the only railway station of Arunachal Pradesh. It is hardly 10 kilometers from Itanagar. It connects Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.

By Bus

Arunachal State Transport runs buses daily from Guwahati to Bomdila and Itananagar. Shared vehicles are also available from most parts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Getting Around
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The main mode of transport is shared Sumo taxi. These taxis operate a private network between villages in the same sector. Each shared taxi has a capacity to carry 10 people. It should be noted that the road network in Arunachal is not overly developed, and it is often not possible to move directly between one village and another.  You will often have to return to the plains of Itanagar, Pasighat, or even Tezpur (Assam) instead of going directly from town to town. 

However, you need not worry too much because you also have an option to rent a private taxi and explore this giant green patch, India’s wildest and least explored state, on your own. The lush green river gorges and ragged mountains are eventually paving a way for globe-trotters to explore. The people are friendly and helpful and can communicate in Hindi and English very well. 

Arunachal Pradesh has limitless beautiful landscapes, water sports, and trekking trails that need to be explored. Step into God’s land.

Top Activities
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Trekking

BAILEY TRAIL: This wonderful journey will have you contemplating the culture and heritage of the remote villages of Arunachal Pradesh long after the trip is over. The total duration for this trek is 12 days, and the best season is May-June and Sept-Oct.

Grade: Moderate 

GORICHEN BASE CAMP TREK: This trek starts from Jang and concludes at Tawang, with a visit to the second largest monastery in Asia. With an opportunity to witness the majestic mountain ranges with views of the unblemished lakes, forest covers, and vast green fields, this trek also teases the daring trekkers with the rewards of some unclaimed peaks.The duration is for 16 days, and the best time to visit is September to April.

Grade: Difficult

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Paragliding

You can add up to your adventure trip in Arunachal Pradesh by opting for paragliding in Tawang. Suitable time for paragliding is from October-February.

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Biking

Mountain biking has recently been introduced in Itanagar to attract adventure enthusiasts and has been gaining popularity due to the size and scenic topography of the state. 

Ideal Route: Bhalupkong – Dirang – Bomdila – Tawang

Best Riding Season: March-May or October-November

Top Experiences
SIANG RIVER FESTIVAL - DECEMBER

It is one of the most popular festivals in Arunachal Pradesh and is an attempt to promote ecotourism in the state. It offers a lot of adventure and fun activities such as elephant races, traditional boat races, food festivals, folk dances, cultural shows, hot air ballooning, and para gliding. There is also an exhibition of a local model house. 

PANGSAU PASS WINTER FESTIVAL - JANUARY

This is a modern day winter festival that started in the year 2007. This festival is celebrated in Nampong, which is situated in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. People celebrate their extravagant ethnicity by performing folk dances and singing folk songs. Additionally, handicraft and handloom articles from different parts of the state are put up for exhibition at this festival.

Festival dates - 20th to 22nd January

ZIRO FESTIVAL OF MUSIC - SEPTEMBER

This festival is Arunachal’s own version of the Sunburn Festival. Ziro Festival of Music is the biggest outdoor music festival in the state and is the most happening event of the year. It is a 4-day festival where music lovers enjoy live performances by international and national artists.

Festival dates - 27th to 30th September

NYOKUM - FEBRUARY

It is a 2-day festival in which the Nyishi tribe enjoys singing, dancing, and gathering together. Men and women hold hands and form a circle to perform a traditional dance. The major rituals are performed by the high priest, and prayers are offered to the spirits to bring tranquility and prosperity to each household.

LOSAR FESTIVAL - FEBRUARY

Tawang is among the most popular tourist attractions in northeast India, and visiting it during a festival is indeed the ideal time. The local deity is also worshipped by the Monpas for the welfare of the society and the people.

Health & Safety

Tip 1

Before entering Arunachal Pradesh, travelers need to have Inner Line Permit and/or Protected Area Permit.

Tip 2 

You will find some of the friendliest people in Arunachal Pradesh, which makes it the safest state. You can walk freely without any hesitation or concern. 

Tip 3

Try to abstain from the local delicacies if you don’t have a strong stomach as their food can be really spicy.

Shopping

Place 1

The Government Handicraft Emporium is the best place for purchasing shawls, carpets, handcrafted bags, local tribal dresses etc. 

Place 2

Old Market is the main market of Tawang. It is a place where you can find almost anything, be it traditional apparel, local delicacies etc.

Place 3

Pasighat Market offers some daring food delicacies to take back home, for example dried rat (literally).

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